Attendance

Regular attendance and punctuality are very important if children are to achieve their educational potential. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that this happens.
 
If your child is unable to come to school we must be informed by a responsible adult by 8.50am on the morning of the first day of absence. Acceptable reasons for absence are sickness, medical/dental treatment, bereavement, religious observance, exclusion and external exams. Such absences are considered ‘authorised’.
 
Leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Requests for all known absences must be made on the appropriate form, available from the school office or downloaded from this site.
 
‘Unauthorised’ absences are those for which permission is not granted or for which an explanation is not received (~children are considered to have ‘truanted’).

 

School Attendance - Penalty Notice letter

Above 97% - Less than 12 sessions (6 days) absence a year

Excellent Attendance!  These students will almost certainly get the best grades they can, leading to better prospects for the future.

95% - 20 sessions (10 days) absence a year

These pupils are likely to achieve good grades.  Students who take a 2 week holiday every year can only achieve 95% attendance

90% - 38 sessions (19 days) absence a year

Students in this group are missing a month of school a year.  It will be difficult for them to achieve their best

85% - 58 sessions (29 days) absence a year

The government classes students in this group as 'Persistant Absentees' and it will be almost impossible for them to keep up with work. Parents of students in this group could also face the possibility of legal action taken by the local authority.

 

Absences

If your child is absent from school, please ring the school office by 10am or in advance by letter for any medical or other circumstances.

 

Holidays

Please see form/guidance below about holidays in term time.  Holidays will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

Holiday Request Form